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Caleb Bell, the elder
Feb. 19, 1788; March 20, 1788
Currituck Co. Will Book 1, p. 226
In the name of God Amen, I Hilary SIMMONS of Currituck County living at Caleb BELLs the elder which was lying sick upon his death bed on Tuesday the nineteenth day of February in ye year 1788 at which time the said Caleb BELL asked me if he cold give a few thing without a written will, I told him I believed he might and that it would stand in law, then says he the said BELL you know the land I give to BRICKHOUSE is not equal in value to the land I allot for the other boys and says he my desire is and I give my negro man Tom to BRICKHOUSE to make his land as good as the other boys, and says he I also give my old negro man the other one to my Wife to her use and at her death for her to give him to who she pleased but if she did not then to be equally divided among my children. And I do believe he the said Caleb BELL was at the time in his proper senses at that time, and I was informed the said BELL dyed Thursday 21 of February 1788 and upon the 7 day of March 1788 pirsonally appeared before John SIMMONS Esq. one of the Justicies of the Peace for the County of Currituck Hilary SIMMONS and proved the above will in due form of law.
/s/ Hilary SIMMONS
sworn to befor John SIMMONS JP
And the widow of said BELL together with Caleb BELL, Duke BELL and Francis MORSE being summoned and all present all approved of the above will
/s/ John SIMMONS JP
Recorded and examined the 20th day of March Anno Dom 1788.
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